Minnesota companies who signed climate-change pledge also donate to climate-change-denying politicians

MinnPost file photo by Rita Kovtun

What’s the opposite of putting your money where your mouth is? MPR’s Martin Moylan reports: “Target, Best Buy, General Mills and Cargill signed on to the Obama Administration’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge last year. They joined some 150 other major corporations. … The firms promised to make significant reductions in their emissions, water use and waste generation. They also vowed to use more clean energy, and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses and tackle climate change. … Yet those Minnesota companies still contribute to politicians who say climate change is a hoax or exaggerated, and who fight efforts to counter it. The companies’ combined contributions amounted to about $300,000.”

At least one Minnesota Republican isn’t abandoning Trump. CNN’s Sophie Tatum reports: “Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann insinuated on Saturday morning that the Clinton campaign was behind leaking the decade-old audio recording of Donald Trump spewing vulgarities about women. … ‘I think what we’ve been hearing last Friday night is actually pretty predictable. The Clinton campaign had to change the conversation because she had a lot of really bad news this week,’ Bachmann said on CNN Saturday morning.”

After being accused by former state senator and Red Wing Mayor John Howe of singling out Howe’s son for political reasons. Inforum’s Joe Brown writes: “John Ott stepped down as head coach of the Red Wing football team, leaving the Wingers five games into his tenure as head coach. … First acknowledged by the Red Wing Football Twitter account (@winger_football) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, Ott confirmed on a phone call Wednesday that he was stepping down as head coach. ‘In a letter dated October 6, 2016, Mr. Ott formally resigned from his head football coaching duties as of October 4, 2016,’ Red Wing activities director John Miller said via email on Friday. ‘The resignation will be acted upon by the school board at an upcoming regular meeting.’”

R.I.P. Cowkitty. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh writes: “Fire that ravaged a downtown Minneapolis apartment building spared its residents of any physical harm, but one inhabitant failed to survive. … Cowkitty, a 12-year-old black and white cat, came out of the building in the arms of a firefighter Sunday afternoon while black smoke was still billowing high above the 200 block of S. 9th Street. … ‘The firefighter brought her out with a tiny oxygen mask on, but it was too late,’ a sobbing Emma Johnson, the cat’s owner, said nearly a full day after the blaze severely damaged the three-story building that was built in 1888 and is one of the last surviving historical apartment buildings near downtown’s central business district.”

In other news…

This trend can’t be over soon enough: “Teen dressed as clown, carrying knife arrested in Crookston” [MPR]

Cheers! “Five MN Craft Breweries Honored at 2016 Great American Beer Festival” [KSTP]

Which one are you? “A bike route for every personality” [The Growler]

Don’t worry, your frasier fir candles are safe: “Thymes merges with maker of Aspen Bay, Capri Blue fragrances” [Star Tribune]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/10/2016 - 07:44 pm.

    If YouThink That

    Minnesota high school sports have gone over board with the number of classes, just take a look at how many categories the Great American Beer Festival has.
    Next year they are adding a category for Japanese Style German Pilsners Brewed By Left Handed Lutheran Brew Masters. It was to have separate divisions for bearded and non-bearded brew masters, but there are no non-bearded brew masters.

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